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Updated Jun 5, 2013 - 11:11 am

Healthy You with Pamela Hughes: Smoke breaks are costing employers

A new Ohio State University study shows that those who are in the work place and take smoke breaks cost employers around $6,000 per year.

The researchers came to this conclusion by adding up a number of factors including sick days and the amount of breaks a smoker takes. Think about it: With how addictive nicotine is, people take more smoke breaks, which adds up to unproductive time at work.

It's no wonder employers are starting to ban smoking in the workplace and some are refusing to hire smokers at all.

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Pamela left Pittsburgh, PA in 1996 to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University and has never looked back. Since then, her radio career has taken her to Wisconsin; she has been a public speaker for and has taught a few semesters at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at ASU. Currently, she is pulling double duty on the Bruce St. Jame's Show. She spends half the show providing a woman's perspective on the top talk topics of the day and the other half of the show delivering informative, relatable newscasts to our KTAR listeners.

Once the show is over, Pamela gets out of the studio and gets into the newsroom where she is also the Managing Editor of the KTAR News Department.

When she isn't behind a microphone or chasing the big story of the day, you'll find Pamela at home with her husband Kris, daughter Riley and her crazy Chocolate Lab named Chewie. Her professional and personal life keep her quite busy but when she manages to find a few free moments she likes to spend them in her garden, working out, trying new recipes and discovering new restaurants.


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